Buying lawmakers a meal or a drink is one of the most common ways lobbyists form relationships with lawmakers, and some lawmakers take more advantage of the free meals than others.Read More »
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The Arizona Senate has struck down an effort that would make it harder for voters to recall unpopular incumbents in a rare move that saw Republicans join Democrats against a GOP priority designed to protect lawmakers, and possibly, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Read More »
Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.
Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law Thursday a Republican-backed measure that wildly increases campaign finance limits and undermines the state's public campaign funding program enacted by voters to limit money in politics.Read More »
Figuring out how to avoid Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto pen is a guessing game that leaves even some of the most seasoned veterans at the Capitol perplexed.
Many lawmakers and lobbyists say there are no hard and fast guidelines for avoiding a veto from a governor who vetoed 91 bills in her first four legislative sessions.
A bill that would raise the caps on Arizona’s campaign contributions is ready for the governor’s signature after the state Senate approved the measure in a 17-13 vote Tuesday afternoon.Read More »
This week's most outstanding quips, gibes and utterances.Read More »
A bill to allow school employees to carry guns in schools received the preliminary approval of the state Senate today, while another Republican gun measure appears to lack the votes to clear the chamber.Read More »
Reversing its stance just a year ago, the Senate today rejected – three times – a proposal to prohibit automatic paycheck deductions for union dues.Read More »
The letter “Pierce used Victory Fund in failed effort to retain presidency” by political consultant Constantin Querard published in the Jan. 25 edition of the Arizona Capitol Times was both sadly misinformed and bemusing.Read More »